CITY SETTING – Experimental Watercolour Techniques

Students use a variety of watercolour techniques to create a city scene that can be used as the backdrop in an animated story they have written.

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CITY SETTING – Experimental Watercolour Techniques


  • Crayola Watercolour Paints
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Paint Brushes
  • Crayola Fine Line Markers - black
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Towels
  • Table Salt


Step 1
  1. Find images of city settings to use as inspiration for your work.
  2. Make a plan drawing of your city setting.
  3. Remember to include details in your drawing that fit with your story.
  4. Use the plan drawing as a guide to draw a good version.
  5. Make changes that seem appropriate and add lots of detail.
Step 2
  1. Before starting to paint drop a brush load of water into each colour to moisten the paint.
Step 3
  1. Wet a section of the drawing with clear water.
Step 4
  1. Paint into the wet paper with some colour.
    - this is the wet on wet technique
Step 5
  1. Continue to fill in areas of the picture using wet on wet technique.
  2. Sprinkle some salt into wet areas.
  3. Tap the edge of the brush against your finger to splatter small drops of paint.
  4. Play with the colours and water to get a variety of effects.
  5. When you are finished set the paper aside to dry.
Step 6
  1. Outline the details with a black fine line marker.
Step 7
  1. Use your scene as the backdrop for an animated video.
  2. Check out the Cut-Out Paper Animationlesson plan available on this website.
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Visual Arts,

    • Media Literacy

  • Grades:

    • Grade 5,

    • Grade 6,

    • Grade 7,

    • Grade 8

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